"Generally great, but with drawbacks."3.0 starson by krissalh
Pros: Great zoom, high quality photos when using most settings, great battery life, very functional for a compact camera.
Cons: Lower quality at full zoom, picture quality decreases with time (auto setting especially), pop up flash is annoying, zoom is slow.
Summary: I typically get really nice photos when I use the manual setting. It is easy to use for a compact camera. The 14x zoom is SO handy! However, the lens moves relatively slowly.
This camera started off doing everything great, but within a short period of time the pictures on the auto setting decreased in quality (everything just got fuzzier), and it has been steady and slowly decreasing in quality. However, this not all my pictures on the auto setting turn out lower quality. Many look just great. But when I use the manual setting (I typically just switch between auto and manual--I rarely use the other settings) I can always get perfectly clear pictures (they look fabulous!).
Often the camera is a little slow to focus. If you want to take a picture of the sky or something you have to focus the camera on something more absolute first (like a tree). In manual mode the camera focuses on the center of the frame. In auto it's great at focusing on faces and whatever automatically.